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Hamilton, Virginia

(1936-2002) US author, mostly of juveniles, and of very considerable interest in that field for the exploratory intensity of her work, from Zeely (1967) on, and for the depth of her presentation of the complex experience of being Black in the USA (her maternal grandfather was an escaped slave). Several of her better-known tales, like M.C. Higgins, the Great (1974) and Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush (1982), are fantasies. Of particular sf interest is the Justice Cycle – Justice and Her ...

Girl from Tomorrow, The

Australian tv series (1991-1992). Film Australia. Created by Mark Shirrefs, John Thomson and Kathy Mueller. Produced by Noel Price and Ron Saunders. Directors included Kathy Mueller and Noel Price. Writers included Mark Shirrefs and John Thomson. Cast included Andrew Clarke, Katherine Cullen, James Findlay, John Howard, Melissa Marshall and Helen O'Connor. 24 23-minute episodes. Colour. / This miniseries, aimed at a juvenile audience, begins in the Utopian future of 3000 AD. The titular ...

Kikuchi Hideyuki

(1949-    ) Japanese author of immense domestic popularity, known initially abroad for the Anime adaptations of several of his novels, which formed a substantial component of the 1990s English-language image of Japanese animation as sexualized and violent pulp fiction. He shares a niche within Japanese sf with similarly prolific authors such as Yoshiki Tanaka, Masaki Yamada and Baku Yumemakura, although, unlike their work, his sagas of demonic conflict have largely eluded ...

Wilson, D Harlan

(1971-    ) US author whose first publication, The Kafka Effekt (coll of linked stories 2001), assembles and interlinks a pattern of short narratives, proclaimedly post-modern in their structuring (see Postmodernism and SF), and clearly intended to surrealize the parable abyss of Franz Kafka, while evoking twenty-first century cultural Amnesia and visions of the planetary Media Landscape gone berserk. Stranger on the Loose (coll 2004) and Pseudo-City (coll of linked stories ...

Rein, Harold

(1926-2011) US author of an extremely grim Post-Holocaust novel, Few Were Left (1955), whose suicidal protagonist is trapped with others Underground, in the New York subway system, after the bomb has dropped. He fails, after several adventures, to escape. A Television version for Armchair Theatre broadcast 30 November 1958 as "Underground", was set under London. [JC]

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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